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Wait, how do I do this?

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Ok so I left you hanging a bit yesterday... you want specifics on how to reach out huh? And who to reach out to? Ok...

Who should you reach out to? People who have the job you want now (Google them and find their emails), people who work where you want to work (check out their websites!), people who your friends tell you you should talk to, people who you used to work with or know who you haven’t chatted with recently...

Now, how do you reach out? For people you don’t know just send them an email. You’re thinking, "OMG THATS SO SCARY!!” Yes I know... It can be a bit scary, but what do you have to lose?! A lot of the time, if you have something in common with them, or just write a really well written thoughtful email, people will have time to chat with you and be willing to help you out. I know, shocking, but it’s true.

For people you do know, you can be a little more informal with and make sure to be thoughtful and ask about how they’re doing and say you’d love to catch up over coffee sometime. You can call them too - great way to catch people is on the phone! (Don’t worry, we’re not dumb, we know what you’re doing, but we’ll go along with it...)

For other people you can say something like "Our mutual friend Joe suggested I reach out to you as he thought you’d be a great person for me to chat with about the Hill. Could I buy you coffee sometime and pick your brain?” ... you get where I’m going.

So go forth! Email people. Call people. Set up meetings!

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